Here And Now (Updated)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
UPDATE: The Senate Republicans are gathering in Albany for a closed-door meeting at which they will “set the table” for the upcoming legislative session. Their new IDC allies won’t be present.
NYC Public Advocate/2013 mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio will deliver the Dr. Joseph Silver Memorial Lecture at New York Methodist Hospital. He’ll address the public health implications of Hurricane Sandy, and be joined by Silver’s brother, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. 506 6th Street, Brooklyn. 9 a.m.
NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives discuss city bus routes the groups consider to be the slowest and most unreliable, during their annual “Pokey and Schleppie awards” news conference. Fifth Avenue and 67th Street. 10:30 a.m.
At noon, on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan, recently elected state legislative candidates will join community, labor and religious officials to promote Cuomo’s campaign finance overhaul proposals.
Similar events will be held at noon in Albany (LOB, Room 130) and Buffalo (Erie County Board of Elections, 134 W. Eagle St.), and at 1 p.m. in Binghamton (Binghamton City Hall, Second Floor, 38 Hawley St.)
UPDATE: At 2 p.m., former Sen. Hiram Monserrate will be sentenced on corruption charges in Manhattan Federal Court. Room 14-C.
At 5:30 p.m. tonight, Mayor Bloomberg will light a candle on the “World’s Largest Menorah”, Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street, Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., 6 p.m. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone attend Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission public hearing, Student Union Center Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY College of Old Westbury, 223 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury.
The state Assembly is holding three public hearings today.
- At 10 a.m., Assembly Aging Committee Chair Joan Millman and Banks Committee Chair Annette Robinson will take testimony on the state’s efforts to protect elderly New Yorkers from financial fraud. Room 1923, Assembly Hearing Room, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
- At noon, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, chair of the Racing and Wagering Committee, will take testimony on VLTs and their impact on the state’s economy. LOB, Room 711-A, 7th Floor, Albany.
- Also at noon, Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee will receive testimony on the effectiveness of existing policies and programs that aim to encourage more young people to become farmers. LOB, Hamilton Hearing Room B, Albany.
Cuomo walked back a prediction from earlier this month that Superstorm Sandy would double the deficit in next year’s state budget, which the Democratic governor said remains around $1 billion.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants a New York City property tax break for Sandy-impacted homes and businesses which would cost the NYC budget, not the state budget.
When it comes to Skleinos, says former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, Cuomo has “at best” been “a modern Pontius Pilate, washing his hands of responsibility and party loyalty in the name of a cooperative and functioning state Senate.”
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Skleinos: “Senator Klein and myself personally have looked each other in the eye and said, ‘We’re going to make this work; we’re going to show that this new model of government can work.’”
Skelos’ comments came at his first public appearance with Klein since the IDC-GOP coalition was announced last week.
Skelos and Klein rejected claims that their almost all-white coalition is prejudicial and shuts out minorities.
With its first announcement – a bipartisan Sandy task force – Skleinos is trying to focus on policy, not politics.
Sen. Jim Seward said the IDC and GOP have been “engaged” for the past two years, and “now we’re married.”
New ballots will be opened starting Wednesday in the close state Senate race between Republican Assemblyman George Amedore and Duanesburg Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, a judge has ruled.
Democrat Terry Gipson declared victory in the 41st Senate District race, though ballots are still being counted there. His GOP opponent, Sen. Steve Saland, has all but conceded. A final decision in the ballot tally could come today. (Subscription).
Former state Sen. Vincent Leibell has been released to home confinement from a prison-system halfway house in New York City. Technically, he’s still an inmate until Jan. 19.
Despite fiscal crises caused by the cutoff of Seneca Nation casino revenues, neither Niagara Falls nor Salamanca needs a control board, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
New York Farm Bureau delegates have re-elected Dean Norton to a third two-year term as president of the organization.
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton took a new step in her evolution as a public figure, moderating a panel discussion yesterday on child hunger. She took no questions from reporters.
Asked if he would support Hillary Clinton for a 2016 White House bid, Cuomo would only say, “It’s a long way away.”
The normally hale and hearty secretary of state has canceled her trip to Morocco altogether this week for a meeting on the future of Syria’s opposition because of a stomach virus. She’s sending a deputy instead.
According to a new Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll, 60 percent of registered voters have a favorable impression of Clinton, with 35 percent seeing her in an unfavorable light. (Of course, she’s not running for anything at the moment).
Edith Windsor is revealing in the “deliriously joyous” experience of having her challenge to DOMA heard by the US Supreme Court.
Wednesday’s first-ever open board meeting involving the trustees of the New York Racing Association will feature proposals to ban political contributions and betting by NYRA officers.
De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, spoke about her experience as a lesbian in the 1970s during a series of televised interviews. He says he’s proud of everything she is, and she says she “owns” her past.
“Sexuality is very fluid, it’s very individual and it’s very personal,” McCray said.
Bloomberg News: “From coast to coast, states are cutting funding for schools, public safety and the poor as they struggle with fallout left by politicians who made pay-and-pension promises that taxpayers couldn’t afford.” The worst in the nation: California.
Regardless of whether billionaire Bloomberg is interested in buying The Financial Times, it’s not officially for sale.
There are, however, some things Bloomberg might do with the FT – should it become available, and if he is indeed in the market for another media company.
Deficit-reduction proposals from Speaker John Boehner and President Obama fall short of clearly stabilizing the debt, according to budget experts, putting the U.S. credit rating at risk of a downgrade.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s administration insists the $79,757-a-year job it just gave ex-Sen. Antoine Thompson wasn’t political patronage.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz followed through with a promise to veto $195,134 in spending that legislators added to the 2013 county budget, but it appears likely that legislators will override that decision today.
Wisdom from Stephen Baldwin, who was arrested last week for failing to pay state income taxes for three years: “You have to pay your taxes…I just got caught up in a situation that I’m hoping we’re gonna work out.”
The public comment period on whether the state should allow large-scale natural gas drilling, known as fracking, begins tomorrow.
The Bloomberg administration’s main agency for economic development has pledged to make its operations more transparent, thanks to a new agreement with the city comptroller, John C. Liu.
The Buffalo News notes Cuomo “has only days” to sign legislation encouraging development of larger historic building rehabilitation projects, adding: “(H)e should do so.”
Lisa Hernandez Gioia, a well-known NYC fund-raiser and wife of ex-NYC Councilman Eric Gioia, sued her employer, the Child Mind Institute, for alleged mistreatment when she was pregnant.
Retiring Rep. Maurice Hinchey took a farewell tour, stopping in Binghampton to thank supporters as he nears the end of his 20-year career in
public service the House.
Three federal administrative judges on Monday tried to get a clearer understanding of Entergy Nuclear’s maintenance of the pipes beneath its Indian Point nuclear power plant.
Former New York Gov. David Paterson made a surprise stop at Destiny USA last Saturday night for a VIP party at the Gordon Biersch brewery. No one seems to know who invited him.
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